Do you love dogs and puppies? Do you hate to see them hurt, abused and mistreated? Got a buck?? Here’s a great way to help some dogs and puppies in desperate need our our help!

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From Best Friends Network

Dollars for Dogs – Buy a Raffle Ticket, Fight a Puppy Mill

What you could win:
A full week’s stay next spring (April 5-12, 2008) at a two-bedroom villa in beautiful Orlando, Florida. The villa sleeps up to eight people, and the week that the winner will be staying is at a very sought-after time of year. For more info and pictures of the villa, Click Here.
How to Buy Tickets
Raffle tickets are $1 each.
Checks can be made out to: Animal Ark Shelter
Please include a name and phone number for each raffle ticket order

Mail to:

The Town House
Attn: Mickey Short
1415 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Mickey, a Town House employee and long-time Animal Ark volunteer will add names and phone numbers on the raffle tickets purchased, or she will send tickets to purchasers to fill out, if preferred.
*Are you a great salesperson (or someone who feels strongly about fighting puppy mills?) Consider purchasing a block of tickets—50, 100, whatever you think you can sell to friends, family, coworkers and neighbors!
E-mail Mickey at: with questions

What’s this all for?
Minnesotans are coming together to fight a 500-dog breeding operation, a.k.a. puppy mill in Morrison County, MN. Animal Ark, a no-kill shelter in Hastings, MN has been fighting against the puppy mill for over a year, and they need all the support they can get to keep going. Now the Town House Bar in St. Paul, Minnesota has stepped up as well to raise funds for Animal Ark’s efforts against puppy mills.

Ten things to know about puppy mills:

1.) Best Friends’ definition of a puppy mill is anyone breeding for profit. Another name for a puppy mills is “commercial breeder.”

2.) In order to make a profit, breeders need to have a lot of dogs and breed them as often as possible. That’s why it is common for commercial breeders to keep 500 to over 1,000 dogs. Standard practice is to keep dogs in cages for their entire lives

3.) Pet stores get their dogs exclusively from USDA-licensed commercial breeders

4.) Yes, that means that puppies in stores come from puppy mills!

5.) While over 4 millions animals are euthanized in shelters every year, puppy mills churn out an estimated 500,000 puppies a year

6.) Buying puppies from a pet store encourages puppy mills to breed more dogs

7.) Puppy millers often set up fancy websites—NEVER buy a pet unless you visit where it was raised and see its parents

8.) Selling puppies makes millions of dollars for breeders, pet registries, and pet shops. Meanwhile, their breeding “stock” lives a life of misery in a cage

9.) Keeping dogs in these conditions is entirely legal, supported by the USDA, American Kennel Club, and state laws.

10.) The best way to fight puppy mills is to never, ever buy a dog from a pet store or website, and to tell others to do the same.


Click on the links below for more information:

Minnesota’s newest puppy mill. (Funds raised in the raffle go directly to appealing this permit.)

Animal Ark Shelter, and their efforts to stop puppy mills.

Town House Bar sets a fantastic example of how businesses can get involved.

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